These two circles say it all.
I wanted to tell stories. I was afraid to tell stories. I didn't know if I could tell stories. I was afraid to discover that I wouldn't be able to tell stories. I knew that standing on a stage in New York City to tell stories meant exposing myself to public failure.
So I decided to tell stories. Despite crushing self-doubt and enormous fear, I went to where the magic happens. And it did.
These two circles apply to so much that I have done in my life. The farther I stray from my comfort zone, the better my life gets.
This is also exactly how my wife became the consummate and beloved host of Speak Up, our storytelling show.
She wanted to have an integral and public role in Speak Up, so she knew that she had to host our show. But she didn't want to be the host of the show. She didn't want to speak to large groups of strangers. She was afraid to speak to large groups of strangers. She physically shook when speaking to large groups of strangers. She had nightmares about speaking to large groups of strangers. She didn't think she would be very good at hosting our show.
Then she decided to host our show, and it's no exaggeration to say that she is in many ways the face and the heart of what we do.
I tell a story at every one of our shows, and yet people see me in public and often say, "Hey, you're married to the Speak Up girl."
Yes, I am. You have clearly forgotten about me and my story, but you remember her, and I don't blame you one bit.